Local News

  • More than 30 indictments returned for drug offenses

    In total, a Hardin County grand jury returned 50 indictments in March, with more than half of those involving drug offenses.

    With a total of 33 indicted for drug-related felonies, 24 involved methamphetamine, 14 marijuana and seven prescription drugs. Eight indictments involved two or more substances.

    In addition to the drug offenses, three were indicted for sex crimes.

    The Hardin County grand jury returned an indictment in March against a 62-year-old man accused of having forcible sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16.

  • E'town to tweak Heartland fest but retain traditions

    Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn has little time to plan the 30th  Heartland Festival. She said festivalgoers should not expect drastic changes in the city’s first year coordinating the August event.

    Vaughn said the city plans to retain programs that have worked in the past while removing or tweaking elements considered detrimental.

  • Tax preparers discuss five most common mistakes

    With the deadline to file taxes approaching, some area tax preparers shared five of the most common mistakes and confusions they observe in taxpayers who file tax returns on their own.

    The deadline to file taxes this year is Tuesday because April 15 is a Sunday and the following day is a holiday in Washington, D.C.

    Filers missing credits to which they’re entitled is the most common mistake observed by Epolita Delbosque, owner of Delbosque Tax Service on South Dixie Boulevard in Radcliff.

  • Local banker files libel suit

    A local banker and member of the Elizabethtown Planning Commission has filed suit in Hardin Circuit Court claiming another local member of the National Wild Turkey Federation wrote libelous letters damaging his reputation.

  • Food for furry friends

    Area agriculture groups are making their third annual donation to a Vine Grove animal shelter to support the community and show their commitment to making sure animals are treated well.

    Southern States in Elizabethtown sold 500 pounds of dog and cat food at cost so Hardin County Farm Bureau, the Hardin County Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Services could pool enough money to donate the food to the Animal Refuge Center on Basham Trail in Vine Grove.

  • E’town third-grader to be honored for selflessness

    An Elizabethtown third-grader is being honored by state officials for his volunteer work and optimistic attitude in the face of his own challenges.

    Shawn Aberl II has been selected to receive the Kentucky Governor’s Ambassador Award for Volunteer Service for his work with the Save-A-Limb Bike Ride in Maryland.

    The ride helps support the efforts of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, to prevent limbs from being amputated when they can be saved.

  • Babysitter indicted in toddler’s death

    The Vine Grove babysitter accused of “striking” and “severely shaking” a 2-year-old child in her care has been indicted for murder by a Hardin County grand jury.

    Ashley N. Chapman, 28, is accused of inflicting fatal abuse upon Layla M. Johnson at the babysitter’s residence Cedar Oak Drive in Vine Grove.

  • Heartland Festival returning this year

    The Heartland Festival won’t be taking a year off after all.

    Elizabethtown officials announced plans Monday to resume the festival during the last week of August after a one-year experiment with a June event.

    Mayor Tim Walker said the festival also will resume its normal two-day format, kicking off Friday night with events and activities running all day Saturday.

    The festival is expected to feature new attractions as well as some of the staples of the past, such as hot air balloons.

  • E'town MSA population growth rate tops in state

    The superlatives keep piling up for the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    The MSA, which includes Hardin and LaRue counties, outpaced all other Kentucky MSAs in percentage of population growth from April 2010 to July 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

    According to the Census Bureau, the Elizabethtown MSA grew by about 2,029 residents during the decade, which translates to a growth rate of 1.7 percent.

  • Former Vine Grove coach, mayor to be buried today

    Only weeks after the 60th anniversary of Vine Grove High School’s lone trip to the pinnacle of Kentucky basketball, the team’s coach and a community leader has died.

    Chet Redmon, who later taught, coached and served as a principal in Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, died Friday at his home in Warren County. He was 90.

    His funeral is at 10 a.m. CDT today at First Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

    He’s remembered around Vine Grove as a leader and person of good humor who knew when to be direct and when to allow kids to be kids.